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Moving to Washington
Washington, named after the first president, and the only state to be named after a president, is home to three National Parks, nine National Forests, and 100 State Parks. This state has more glaciers than the other 47 contiguous states combined. Washington boasts over 40,000 miles of rivers and streams and more than 8,000 lakes. Nature’s beauty will inspire you in each of four seasons. Although the persisting rumor is that it rains all the time in Seattle, the fact is Seattle sells more sunglasses per capita than any other major city in the nation.
State Capital is Olympia.
Largest city is Seattle.
State Motto: "Alki" (By and By).
Everett is the site of the world’s largest building, Boeing&rquo;s final assembly plant.
Seattle was the first city in the US to play a Beatles song on the radio.
The highest point is Mount Rainier, named after Peter Rainier, a British naval leader, by his friend George Vancouver.
Washington produces more apples than any other state in the union.
Starbucks, the biggest coffee chain in the world was founded in Seattle.
Seattle was the first American city to put police on bicycles.
Medina is the home of the United States wealthiest man, Microsoft’s Bill Gates.
Microsoft Corporation is located in Redmond.
Seattle has the highest percentage rate in the US of residents with a college degree.
Mount St. Helen’s lost 1,131 feet of elevation in the May 1980 eruption and spewed forth about one cubic mile of dust, ash and debris. The blast leveled over four billion feet of usable timber, enough to build 150,000 homes.
Snoqualmie Falls plunges 100 feet further than Niagara Falls.
The Washington State Ferry System is the largest ferry system in the US and the state's number one tourist attraction.
Harbor Island is the largest man made island in the nation.
The Farmer's Market at Pike Place Market, since 1907, is the longest continuously operating farmer’s market in the US.
Washington is home to many innovative Internet companies, including Amazon.com, Classmates.com, and Whitepages.com.
The state of Washington is one of only seven states that does not levy a personal income tax.
The percentage of non-religious people in Washington is the highest of any state, and church membership is among the lowest of all states.
Popular games Pictionary and Cranium were invented in Washington.
State Song: "Washington, My Home."
Enjoy your new home - Washington!
Washington became the 42nd state on November 11, 1889. With an area of 71,303 square miles, it is the 18th largest state in the US. Population size of nearly 6 million (as of 2000) ranks Washington as the 15th most populous state in the nation. Major industries are farming (fruit, berries, nuts, cattle, wheat), lumber, tourism, hydroelectric power, computer software, and aircraft. Washington borders Idaho, Oregon, Canada and the Pacific Ocean and Puget Sound.
Now that you are moving to the Evergreen State, impress your family and friends with these fun facts: